Wednesday, March 23, 2016

What should our First Aid Kit contain?

A Common Question that I get in classes is:
"What do you recommend to be in a First Aid Kit?"

While there are MANY Schools of thought regarding this, my rule is always, "KEEP IT SIMPLE."

Most people either have so much CRAP in their kits that they don't want to carry them (So Bulky) or they have a box of Band-Aids (Woefully inadequate for a camp out)

Items that ALL Kits should have:

  • Band-Aids (Assorted Sizes)
  • Small and Large Sized Gauze Pads (4x4s, 5x9s)
  • 2 or more TRIANGULAR BANDAGES (See below)
  • 1 or 2 Roller Gauze (1 inch is good)
  • SCISSORS (Real ones, not tiny ones)
  • Medical Tape (DUCT TAPE if Wilderness Kit)
  • Thermometer(s) (Digital or Disposable)
  • 1 tube WHITE Cake Frosting (For Blood Sugar Issues)
  • Antiseptic wipes (as allowed. Get parent's Permission first)
  • MORE THAN 1 PAIR of GLOVES (Non-Latex, Assorted Sizes)
  • 1 CPR MASK (That fits Adult, Child and Infant)

For OUTDOOR or CAMPING TRIPS, I would add:
  • A BAR OF SOAP (in a Ziploc Bag)
  • Wet Washcloth (in a Ziploc Bag)
  • COLD Packs (or ZipLoc Bag to make one with some ice)
  • At LEAST 2 LARGE ZIPLOC BAGS (Multiple Uses)
  • Flashlight (for those Night Time Emergencies)
You can always add other stuff as needed, but don't make it TOO complicated, or else the kit won't get carried everywhere it needs to be.

If you want to purchase kits PRE-MADE, here is a good place to look (Our ONLINE STORE)

If you want to build your own, a soft-sided lunch box style cooler is a great case. Or you can put it ALL in a BIG ZIPLOC BAG!


1 comment:

  1. Something else to think about.... Adjust the kit as needed for whatever MISSION you will be doing... ie. A kit for SUMMERTIME in FLORIDA might not be the same as a kit for WINTERTIME in CANADA.